Caroline, No. 7 Nevada rally again to beat South Dakota St.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Jordan Caroline scored 21 points and No. 7 Nevada mounted yet another comeback in a 72-68 win over South Dakota State on Saturday night.
The Jackrabbits jumped ahead 40-33 at halftime in the matchup of 2018 NCAA Tournament teams. Nevada opened the second half on a 12-3 run en route to its fourth straight comeback of seven points or more.
Caleb Martin scored 20 points for Nevada (12-0), and Cody Martin and Trey Porter had 12 each.
Skyler Flatten led South Dakota State (9-4) with 20 points. Owen King scored 13 points, shooting 5 of 6 from the floor.
South Dakota State outrebounded Nevada 41-37, but the Jackrabbits committed 15 turnovers to the Wolf Pack’s 6.
Nevada lived from beyond the arc in the first half, shooting 22 of its first 28 shots from deep. Sixty percent of Nevada’s total shots Saturday came from 3-point range.
Mike Daum, the Jackrabbits’ leading scorer this season (26.2 points per game), was held to five points and fouled out with 4:29 left.
South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits, of the Summit League, played toe-to-toe on the road against the seventh ranked team in the country.
Nevada: After nine flights and 5,875 miles on the road — 25 games since its last home game — Nevada stayed undefeated, grabbing the program’s best record to start a season since it entered Division I in 1969-70.
South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits play at Eastern Washington on Tuesday.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack looks to stay undefeated next week at home against Akron.
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